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There are many certifications and academic programs to help security professionals boost their careers.


Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
Issued by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). Designed for experienced information security managers, and those with infosecurity management responsibilities.

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Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Offered by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2. Training available from (ISC)2 affiliates worldwide.

Certified Protection Professional (CPP)
From ASIS International, CPP designates individuals who have demonstrated competency in all areas constituting security management.

Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)
Certifications cover a range of areas, including security leadership and security auditing. A SANS Institute program.

Professional Certified Investigator (PCI)
The PCI designation from ASIS International is awarded to those who have demonstrated skills in case management, evidence collection and case presentation.

All are NSA Centers of Academic Excellence

Carnegie Mellon University, Information Networking Institute
Master of Science in information security technology and management. Blend of education in technology, business management and policy.

Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Computing
Master of Science in information security. Studies include risk perception and the impact of laws and public policy.

This was first published in July 2007

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